Storylines to Watch Out for in Week 14
Here’s a stat I can bet you don’t hear much about: the Panthers are 0-13 in coin tosses for the season. You learn something every day.
What did we learn in week 13? Well, first off we discovered even Drew Brees has his bad days. I’m sure I’m not the only person whose fantasy team suffered because of this. We also saw what was probably the dullest game of the season — watching grass grow, paint dry and any other saying about boring activities can not even compare to the pure dreariness of the Cardinals vs Jets game, but let’s look on the bright side: we wont have to endure that again for a while.
But what’s done is done, so let’s see what week 14 has in store for us!
How will the Bears D cope without Urlacher?
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher is in some ways the Bears’ equivalent to the Ravens’ Ray Lewis. He’s a veteran defensive player seen as a leader and when they’re gone, boy do you notice. Urlacher is out (possibly for the rest of the regular season) with a hamstring injury.
The Bears are a very defensive team, and their D has contributed greatly to many of their wins. But when you take the leader of that D out of the picture, somebody else has to step up because if they don’t then that gauntlet of a D that the Bears are now known for could crumble, which is bad news for a team that is not considered a potent offense. If your defense isn’t working as well as it should and your offense is not a huge threat then you haven’t got much hope of a win.
The Bears face division rivals Vikings this week.
Will RGIII be able to take down the Ravens?
To put it simply, RGIII is the real deal. This guy has a cannon of an arm and receivers who are now stepping up. What more, he’s fast and agile enough to rack up more rushing yards in each game than a good deal of running backs. Hell, even when he fumbled in week 13 the ball got recovered by his own team and turned into a touchdown. Yep, even when he screws up, RGIII gets results. Would you want to be the defensive coordinator who has to deal with that?
Raven’s Dean Pees is the poor defensive coordinator who has to try and contain RGIII this week and if any team is going to test Baltimore, RGIII and the Redskins have to be up there. The Ravens are still without Ray Lewis, however, which in no way works in their favour.
Can the Brady Bunch break through the Texans?
This week’s game to watch is easily the Texans vs Patriots. This one sees one of the best QBs to ever play the game go up against a defense that, so far this season, has been a force to be reckoned with.
If anyone can get through the Texans’ punishing D, Tom Brady is the guy. Brady’s ability to read defenses is one of the main factors contributing to his success, and having him under centre is like having a coach with a great arm as your QB. But it’s not often he has had to keep his eye out for a player of the JJ Watt caliber.
JJ Watt, DE for the Texans, is having a monster season and for most people is in sound contention for the MVP. Watt has earned the nickname “J.J Swat” because of his ability to use his 6’6″ frame to leap up and swat down passes, no matter who’s in at QB, but will he be able to get the better of Tom Brady?
So there we have it. What are you looking out for in week 14?